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Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund

Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund will provide capital funding under the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 Programme to facilitate the delivery of active travel and low carbon transport hubs.

New funding - call for expressions of interest

Following the first round of funding awards, there remains £2.15 million of ERDF funding available for projects in the Lowlands and Uplands (LUPS), and £2.3 million ERDF funding for projects in the Highlands and Islands (H&I).

Transport Scotland has made the following changes to the criteria for the second funding call:
 
  • Total eligible project costs are set at a minimum of £250,000 and a maximum of £2 million.
  • Applications are required to match the ERDF funding. Applicants in H&I can apply for up to 70% of their eligible project costs. The 70% ERDF intervention rate for H&I is subject to European Commission approval. The LUPS level remains unchanged and applicants can apply for up to 40% of their eligible project costs.
  • Path-only applications will be considered provided they can demonstrate that the path works are of sufficient scale and strategic importance, supporting functional trips.
  • Projects must be completed by December 2019.
More information on the second funding call here: LCTT Challenge Fund Information Sheet. The Expression of Interest form can be accessed here.
 

Upcoming events

We are hosting a series of events to provide you with an opportunity to hear more about the key features of the LCTT Challenge Fund and a chance to discuss specific questions. If you wish to take part, please follow the links to register.  

Webinars

Join us for a webinar to hear more about the application form and key requirements, including the criteria that will be assessed. It will last around 45 minutes with an opportunity for questions at the end. Both webinars are on the same topic so please choose whichever date best suits you. A recording of the webinar will be available online soon after. To participate in the webinar you will need a computer - a headset is recommended.

Dates:

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 10:00 am

Register here

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 10:00 am 

Register here

Surgeries

Applicants who have a clear project idea and would like to discuss specific aspects of their project with Transport Scotland and the LCTT Challenge Fund team can book a slot at one of our surgeries. 

Email LCTT@est.org.uk to book a session and to let us know specifically what you would like to discuss, to ensure you get the most out of the session.

Provisional dates and venues:

Wednesday, 29 November 2017,

Energy Saving Trust, Ocean Point 1, 94 Ocean Drive, Edinburgh, EH6 6JH (Telephone conferencing available upon request)

Tuesday, 5 December 2017,

Energy Saving Trust, Ocean Point 1, 94 Ocean Drive, Edinburgh, EH6 6JH (Telephone conferencing available upon request)

If you require further information about these events, please email lctt@est.org.uk

Information Days

Three Information Days were held in Inverness, Stirling and Glasgow in September. If you missed them, you can download the presentations here: 

Updated application forms, notes for applicants and guidance documents will be released in October 2017. If you have any questions please contact the Energy Saving Trust LCTT Challenge Fund team:

Email: lctt@est.org.uk 
Phone: 0131 555 8691 

The Energy Saving Trust has been appointed by Transport Scotland to administer the LCTT Challenge Fund.  

Background and strategic aims of the Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund

Transport Scotland has been awarded £13.9M under the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 programme to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport and improve air quality. 

£7.6M of this funding will be used to deliver the Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund. This will support the strategic aims of the LCTT Programme:

  • To increase the number of journeys made by public transport, active travel or low-carbon vehicles
  • To support active travel hubs (facilities and routes to support cycling, walking and public transport use as an alternative to the car)
  • To provide low carbon transport hubs and reliable low-carbon refuelling services at strategic sites.

Through the LCTT Challenge Fund, Transport Scotland is seeking to deliver the targets it has committed to as part of the overall LCTT programme aims by 2018 to:

  • create 6 Low Carbon Travel and Transport Hubs
  • construct up to 53 km of cycle networks or walking paths
  • increase the number of ultra-low emission vehicle registrations in Scotland by 50

 

 

European Structural and Investment Funds              Transport Scotland

Reference only - application documents from round one of funding (June 2017)

Application process

Read our FAQs.

Some projects may include construction, upgrading or bringing back into use paths or path networks. For more information about this please read Transport Scotland’s Paths Guidance. 

Assessment process

Eligible applications underwent a full assessment and were scored against nine project impact criteria. These scores were then presented to an Assessment Panel for their consideration. For more detail on the assessment process see the following document:

Guidance for grantees

More information

Contact us

For any questions about the LCTT Challenge Fund please email the Energy Saving Trust LCTT Challenge Fund project team.

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